How Long Should You Write For?

Well, how long do you want to write for is the question. Truly, you can write for as long as you want to, as long as it’s not in the range of seconds. If you want to write for five minutes, ten minutes, or even fifteen minutes, it’s fine. As long as you’re writing. If you want to write for six, seven hours at a time. . . that might be a bit different.

Writing for those lengths of time either means you have a lot of free time on your hands, you’re obsessed about what you do (which is ideal), you have an inexhaustible list of ideas just waiting to get out (or you’re deeply invested in a story and the creativity is just pouring out of you).

But seriously, come on. When is it likely that one of those things will always be the case? If you’re a writer, you know the answer to that is not many. So, how do you maintain a consistent writing habit you’re comfortable with and satisfied with? How can you improve your writing habits if you’re not satisfied with your current one? Well, that’s what we’ll answer here.

To Maintain Writing Habit:

  1. Figure out the time frame you usually zone out- meaning, when do you usually stop and do other things. How long do you generally write before you break focus? Ten, fifteen, twenty, thirty minutes?
  2. Ask the question- sit back and ask yourself “Am I comfortable with this writing time, or do I want to improve?”
  3. Make the decision- ultimately it’s up to you to decide your comfortability. Some people can write all day while others can only do it for half an hour. Figure out which one yours is and either stick to it or improve it.

To Improve Writing Habit:

  1. Eliminate distractions- social media, internet, porn, whatever, it has to go! Set a time you can write consistently every day, and give yourself the desired amount of time to write in a distraction free area. Make writing your only option and you’ll see how easy it is to build the habit.
  2. Calm down/Meditate- clear your head of all thoughts to allow the creative juices to flow into you and through you. Let whatever comes to your head go directly to the keyboard and on the screen, you’ll fix it later.
  3. Make a firm commitment- say to yourself “I will write at X time every day, no matter what!” and mean it.
  4. Sit in the chair and write- no other way to apply than to apply so, sit your ass in the chair and get to it!

Increasing the amount of time you write really comes down to eliminating distractions and making writing your only option for stimulus (dopamine). When you do that, you increase your chances on focusing on what’s in front of you as opposed to getting scatter-brained and being consumed with the world around you.

Alright, that’s my spiel. Til next week. . .

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